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Foundation Stage Recommended Reading
Year 1 Recommended Reading
Year 2 Recommended Reading
Year 3 Recommended Reading
Year 4 Recommended Reading
Year 5 Recommended Reading
Year 6 Recommended Reading


Alongside the school and local libraries, we have several fantastic independent bookshops locally:

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop
Nailsworth: 01453 832555
Tetbury: 01666 500221

Stroud Bookshop
Stroud: 01453 756646

Octavia’s Bookshop
Cirencester: 01285 650677

The Suffolk Anthology
Cheltenham: 01242 361 362


Magazines and Newspapers:

First News
National Geographic for Kids
The Phoenix Comic
The Week Junior
Whizz Pop Bang!


Dictionary & Thesaurus Recommendations

Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1
Oxford First Dictionary
Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary My First Dictionary (DK)
Usborne First Illustrated Dictionary
Usborne First Illustrated Maths Dictionary
Oxford First Illustrated Maths Dictionary
Oxford First Thesaurus
My First Ladybird Thesaurus

Key Stage 2
Oxford Primary Dictionary
Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary Collins Junior Illustrated Dictionary
Collins Primary Illustrated Dictionary
Usborne Junior Illustrated Maths Dictionary
Oxford Primary Thesaurus
Scholastic Children’s Thesaurus
Descriptosaurus by Alison Wilcox

Foundation Stage

Fiction/Picture books
Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
You Can Be My Friend by Lauren Child
Kipper’s Rainy Day by Mick Inkpen
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
The Snail and the Whale Big Book by Julia Donaldson
One Warm Fox by Nick Butterworth
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram
We’re Going on a Bearhunt by Michael Rosen
Emma’s Lamb by Kim Lewis
Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell
Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
Ruby’s Rainy Day by Rosemary Wells
The Polar Bear Son by Lydia Dabcovich
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Paul Howard
Our Cat Cuddles by Gervase Phinn
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Albert and Little Henry by Jez Alborough
Up, Up and Away by Tom McLaughlin
Dinosaur Roar! by Henrietta Strickland
You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Philip
The Messy Book by Maudy Powell-Tuck
The Most Wonderful Thing in the World by Vivian French

Wriggle And Roar- Julia Donaldson
A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson
Rumble In The Jungle- Giles Andrea
All Join In – Quentin Blake
Down The Back of The Chair – Margaret Mahy
Mother Goose’s Action Rhymes – Axel Scheffler
Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allen Ahlberg
My Village, Rhymes from Around the World – Danielle Wright (ed)
Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs – Kaye Umansky
Here’s a Little Poem – Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters (ed)

Oxford Very First Atlas
Oxfam’s Around the World Series
Collins’ Big Cat Non-Fiction Series
A Book of… – Ashley Evanson
DK First Facts

Year 1

Fiction/Picture books
The Famishing Vanishing Mahoosive Mammoth by Hollie Hughes
A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting by Michelle Robertson
A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor
A House in the Woods by Inga Moore
A New Room for William by Sally Grindley
A Place to call Home by Alexis Deacon
A Walk in the Park by Anthony Browne
Olga da Polga by Michael Bond
Alfie Outdoors by Shirley Hughes
Basil the Bear Club by Janie Louise Jones
Boa’s Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis
The Glump and the Peeble by Wendy Meddour
My Mum And Dad Make Me Laugh- Nick Sharratt
Giraffes Can’t Dance- Giles Andreae
A Dark, Dark Tale- Ruth Brown
Not Now Bernard- David McKee
Jack And The Beanstalk- Nick Sharratt
The Bog Baby- Jeanne Willis
Shhh!- Sally Grindley
Again- Emily Gravett
Funny Bones – Allan Ahlberg
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch – Ronda Armitage
Let’s Go to the Zoo – Ellen Weiss
Shoe Baby – Joyce Dunbar
Traction Man – Mini Grey
Whatever Next – Jill Murphy

Monster Poems- John Foster (ed)
I Had A Little Cat- Collected Poems For Children
The Spider And The Fly- Tonya Di Terlizzi
Down By The River- Grace Hallwood
Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar- John Foster
Commotion In The Ocean—Giles Andrea
The Carnival Of the Animals- Jack Prelutsky
Tasty Poems- Jill Bennet (ed)
Machine Poems- Jill Bennet (ed)
Whizz Bang Orang-Utan – John Foster

Project Science Collection
Usborne’s My First Animal Library
My Body Series – Sally Hewitt and Angela Royston
A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davis
National Geographic Readers
Living in the UK – Annabelle Lynch
What I like Series – Liz Lennon

Year 2

Fiction and short stories
Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp by Philip Pullman
Ahemed and the Feather Girl by Jane Ray
Akimbo and the Snakes by Alexander McCall Smith
Wait for Me- Margaret Mahy
Kids Night In- Margaret Mahy
Tickled Onions- Morris Gleitzman
M Is For Magic- Neil Gaiman
The Story Shop- Nikki Gamble
Just So Stories- Rudyard Kipling
Stories From Our Night Sky- Melanie Drewery
Don’t Kiss The Frog- Princess Stories With Attitude- Fiona Waters
Animal Tales- Naomi Adler
Emily Brown and the Thing – Cressida Cowell
Flat Stanley – Jeff Brown
The Snow Lady – Shirley Hughes
Esio Trot – Roald Dahl
Claude Going for Gold – Alex T Smith
Daisy and the Trouble with Life—Kes Gray
The Sheep-Pig – Dick King-Smith
The Cherry Tree Farm – Enid Blyton
The Giggler Treatment – Roddy Doyle
Zoo Boy – Sophie Thompson
Atticus Claw – Jennifer Gray
Paddington Bear – Michael Bond
Dirty Bertie – Alan Macdonald
The Unlikely Outlaws – Philip Ardagh

Comic/Graphic novels/Picture books
Katie Morag’s Island Stories- Mairi Hedderwick
Jin And The Beanstalk- Raymond Briggs
Seven For A Secret- Laurence Anholt
The Green Ship- Quentin Blake
Once There Was A Hoodie- Sam McBratney
The Fish who Could Wish- Korky Paul
Amazing Grace- Mary Hoffman
Come Away From The Water Shirley- Shirley Hughes
The Day Of Ahmed’s Secret- FP Heide
The Monster Bed- Jeanne Willis
Six Dinner Sid- Inga Moore
The Boy Who Cried Wolf- Tony Ross
Dear Greenpeace- Simon James
Farmer Duck- Martin Waddell
Winnie The Witch- Korky Paul
Katie Morag And The Two Grandmothers- Mairi Hedderwick
Beegu- Alexis Deacon
Dogger- Shirley Hughes
Orion and the Dark – Emma Yarlett
On Sudden Hill – Linda Sarah
This Book Just Ate my Dog! – Richard Byrne
I Want my Hat Back – Jon Klassen
Oi Frog – Kes Gray
Penguin in Peril – Helen Hancocks
The Something – Rebecca Cobb
Have You Seen Elephant? – David Barrow

Please Mrs Butler- Ahlberg
The Conjuror’s Rabbit- John Mole
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight- Jack Prelutsky
Bad Bad Cats- Roger Mcgough
Now We Are Six- A A Milne
Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats- T S Eliot
Plum- Tony Mitton
Mustard Custard Grumble Belly And Gravy- Michael Rosen
Boo To a Goose- John Mole
You Can’t Catch Me- Michael Rosen
The Frog who Dreamed She Was An Opera Singer- Jackie Kay
Come On Into My Tropical Garden- Grace Nichols

Macmillan’s I Wonder Why… series
Our Special World Series – Liz Lennon
Ladybird Histories
Usborne Look Inside… Series
Watt’s Events Series
Watt’s Famous People Series

Year 3

Fiction and short stories
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
The Secret World of Polly Flint by Helen Cresswell
Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
Storms Cup by Cavanaugh Foyle
A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary
Misty’s Twilight by Marguerite Henry
A Boy Called M.O.U.S.E. by Penny Dolan
Aftershock by Bernard Ashley
Aquilla by Andrew Norriss
Atticus Claw by Jennifer Gray
Aunt Severe and the Toy Thieves by Nick Garlick
Awful end by Philip Ardagh
B.A.S.E Camp by Rob Childs
Baker’s Magic by Diane Zahler
Bambert’s Books of Missing Stories by Reinhardt Jung
Barkbelly by Cat Weatherhill
Bearkeeper by Josh Lacey
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Boom! By Mark Haddon
Borgon the Axeboy and the Prince’s Shadow by Kjartan Poskitt
Broken Glass by Sally Grindley
Children of Winter by Berlie Doherty
Clover Twig by Kaye Umansky
The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman

Comic/Graphic novels/Picture books
George And The Dragon- Chris Wormell
Zoo- Anthony Browne
Meerkat Mail- Emily
The Heart And The Bottle- Oliver Jeffers
The Three Wolves And The Big Bad Pig- Eugene Trvizas
The Dog Who Could Dig- Jonathan Lang
The Minpins- Roald Dahl
The Hunter- Paul Geraghty
The Selfish Giant- Oscar Wilde – Michael Foreman
Robot City Guide To Robots- P Collicut
Hilda and the Troll – Luke Pearson
Fairytale Comics – Emily Carroll
Superhero Origin Stories – John Sazaklis
The Day the Crayons Quit & The Day the Crayons Came Home – Drew Daywalt
The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright
Journey – Aaron Becker
A Child of Books – Sam Winston & Oliver Jeffers
The Tear Thief – Carol Ann Duffy
The Dragon Machine – Helen Ward
The Wonder – Faye Hanson
Winter’s Child – Angela McAllister
Castles – Colin Thompson
The Lost Stars – Hannah Cumming
The Egg – M.P. Robertson
Star Seeker – Theresa Heine
Tell Me A Dragon – Jackie Morris

Laughter is an Egg- J Agard
Meeting midnight- Carol Ann Duffy
Revolting Rhymes- Roald Dahl
Runny Rabbit- Shel Silverstein
Child’s Garden Of Verses- Robert L Stevenson
Hot Like Fire- Valerie Bloom
The Sun, Dancing- Charles Causely
Sky In the Pie- Roger Mcgough
Crack another Yolk and Other word Play Poems- John Foster (ed)
A Spell of Words- Selected Poems For Children- Elizabeth Jennings

Philip Ardagh’s Shortcut to History Collection
Science in Action series “How it works”
Miles Kelly’s 100 Facts…
DK Reference Books

Year 4

Fiction and short stories
The Happy Prince and other stories- Oscar Wilde
Hans Anderson’s Fairy Tales
The Kingdom Under The Sea- Jan Aiken
Whodunnit Detective Stories- Phillip Pulman
Simply The Best- Joan Aiken
Kibitzers And Fools- Taback Simms
Boy- Roald Dahl
Leon Stumble’s Book Of Stupid Fairy Tales- Doug Macleod
Watch Me- Margaret Mahy
More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark- Alvin Schwartz
Tales Of Wisdom And Wonder- Malachy Doyle
Winter Sleepwalker And Other Stories- Joan Aiken
Perry Angel’s Suitcase – Glenda Millard
A Handful of Gold – Joan Aiken
Groosham Grange – Anthony Horowitz
The Time Travelling Cat – Julia Jarman
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor – Jon Scieszka
The Children of Green Knowe – Lucy M. Boston
Ice Palace – Robert Swindells
Kasper in the Glitter – Philip Ridley
The Finding – Nina Bawden
Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford
The Name of this Book is Secret – Pseudonymous Bosch
The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
The Case of the Missing Moonstone – Jordan Stratford
The Great Wave of Tamarind – Nadia Aguiar

Comic/Graphic novels/Picture books
Bravo! Mr Shakespeare – Marcia Williams
Who’s Afraid Of the Big Bad Book- Lauren Child
The Rascaly cake- Korky Paul
The Pied Piper Of Hamlin- Michael Morpurgo
Gorilla- Anthony Browne
The Flower- John Light
Wombat Goes Walkabout- J Baker
The Wolves In The Walls- N Gaiman
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain – Verna Aardema
Leon and the Place Between – Graham Baker-Smith
Clown – Quentin Blake
Asterix – René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
Tintin – Hergé
Primates – Jim Ottaviani
Bone – Jeff Smith
Alice in Wonderland – Martin Powell
Beauty and the Beast – Luke Feldman
Tusk Tusk – David McKee
War and Peas – Michael Foreman
Cinderella – Charles Perrault and Loek Koopmans
A Sailing Boat in the Sky – Quentin Blake
Millie’s Marvellous Hat – Satoshi Kitamura
Mr Bear and the Bear – Frances Thomas and Ruth Brown
Cloud Tea Monkeys – Mai Peet
Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore – William Joyce
The Book with no Pictures – B.J. Novak

Funky Chickens – Benjamin Zephaniah
We are Britain- Benjamin Zephaniah
What is truth- Ted Hughes
Meeting midnight- Carol Ann Duffy
Dirty Beasts – Roald Dahl
Where the Sidewalk Ends- Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree- Shel Silverstein
Kings and Queens – Eleanor Fargeon
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight- Jack Prelutsky
Early In the Morning – Charles Causley
The Rattle Bag- Ted Hughes & Seamus Heaney (ed)
Bad Bad Cats- Roger Mcgough
The Mighty Slide – Allan Ahlberg

Animal Science Collection – Nicola Davies
The World in Infographics – Jon Richards
Horrible Histories
Usborne History

Year 5

Fiction and short stories
Unreal – Paul Jennings
Undone – Paul Jennings
Feet and Other Stories – Jan Mark Short Stories – Edgar Allan Poe
A Tale Of Troy- Lancelyn Roger Green
Loop – Brian Caswell
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick- Chris Van Allsburg
Shakespeare Stories For Younger Readers – E Nesbit
Pizza Cake – Morris Gleitzman
The Great Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Seed Folks – George Fleischman
Under The Weather- Stories About Climate Change – Tony Bradman Varjak Paw – SF Said
The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid-Banks
The Boggart – Susan Cooper
The Silver Sword – Ian Serralier
Trillions – Nicholas Fisk
Secrets of Glass Mountain – Blair Polly
Between the Stars – DM Potter
The Iron Woman – Ted Hughes
2 Weeks with the Queen – Morris Gleitzman
The Machine Gunners – Robert Westall
Cloud Busting – Malorie Blackman
The Divide – Elizabeth Kay
The Blurred Man – Anthony Horowitz
The London Eye Mystery – Siobhan Dowd

Comic/Graphic novels/Picture books
True Story Three Little Pigs – Jon Scieszka
Voices In The Park- Anthony Browne
How To Live Forever- Colin Thompson
The Lady Of Shalott- Ill: Charles Keeping
The Night Of The Gargoyles- D Weisner
The Savage- David Almond
Robin Hood- Dorling Kindersley Classics
Where The Forest Meets The Sea- J. Baker
Oliver Twist & Other Great Dickens Stories – Marcia Williams
War Boy- Michael Foreman
Mirrormask – Neil Gaiman
Sword of Legend – Jonny Zucker
The Lion and the Unicorn – Shirley Hughes
Archie’s War – Marcia Williams
Snow-White – Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett
Snow White in New York – Fiona French
The Green Ship – Quentin Blake
Brother Eagle Sister Sky – Susan Jeffers
Wild Child – Jeannie Willis
FArTHER – Grahame Baker-Smith
Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne
A River – Marc Martin
Varmints – Helen Ward
The Viewer – Gary Crew
The Houdini Box – Brian Selznick
Footpath Flowers – JonArno Lawson

This Poem Doesn’t Rhyme – Gerard Benson
Shades Of Green- Ann Harvey
Out Of The Dust – Karen Hesse
Cloudbusting – Malorie Blackman
The Pedalling Man – Russell Hoban
Collected Poems For Children – Ted Hughes
The New Oxford Book Of Children’s Verse – Neil Phillip What Is The Truth- Ted Hughes
Song Of The City- Gareth Owen
When I Dance – James Berry
Buns for The Elephant – Mike Harding
Stopping For death – Carol Ann Duffy
Manifold Manor- Philip Gross

Horrible Geography
Lonely Planet Kids Series
Murderous Maths Series
Science Quest Series

Year 6

Fiction and short stories
Unbearable – Paul Jennings
Uncovered – Paul Jennings
Finders, Losers – Jan Mark
Tales Of Ancient Egypt- Lancelyn Roger Green
The Circuit: stories From The Life Of A Migrant Child-
Rip Van Winkle And Other Stories- Washington Irving
Deadly- Paul Jennings, Morris Gleizman
Extraordinary cases Of Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Shadow Cage- Philippa Pearce
The Thief In The Village And Other Stories- James Berry
The Game – David Grimstone
A Seven Letter Word – Kim Slater
North of Nowhere – Liz Kessler
Half a Creature from the Sea – David Almond
Midnight is a Place – Joan Aiken
His Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip Pullman
Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman
We are Giants – Amber Lee Dodd
Charmed Life – Diana Wynne-Jones
Lionboy—Zizou Corder
The Village by the Sea – Anita Desai
Once – Morris Gleitzman
Holes – Louis Sachar
After Tomorrow – Gillian Cross

Comic/Graphic novels/Picture books Biggles – W.E. Johns
Calvin and Hobbes – Bill Watterson
Black & White – David Macaulay
King Kong- Anthony Browne
Looking For Atlantis- Colin Thompson
The Highwayman- Alfred Noyes
Tuesday- D Weisner
The Snow Goose- Paul Gallico
The Rabbits- Shaun Tan
Oliver Twist- Dorling Kindersley Classics
The Day I Swapped My Dad…- Neil Gaiman
The Way Home- Libby Hathorn & G Rogers
Artemis Fowl the Graphic Novel – Eoin Colfer
Kidnapped – Alan Grant
Explorer – Kazu Kibuishi
How the Leopard got his Spots: The Graphic Novel – Sean Tulien and Rudyard Kipling
Angry Arthur – Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura
The Tin Forest – Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
The Cats in Krasinski Square – Karen Hesse and Wendy Watson
Anne Frank – Josephine Poole and Angela Barrett
A Child’s Garden – Michael Foreman
Unforgotten – Tohby Riddle
The Lonely Tree – Nicholas Halliday
The Great Serum Race – Debbie S. Miller
Freebird – Saviour Pirotta
Black Dog – Levi Pinfold

Falling Up- Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein
Peacock Pie – Walter de La Mer
A March Colt – Ted Hughes
A Thought fox – Ted Hughes
Season Songs – Ted Hughes
Talking Turkeys – Benjamin Zephaniah
Oldest Girl In The World- Carol Ann Duffy
Oxford Book Of Story Poems – Michael Harrison (ed)
Love That Dog – Sharon Creech
A Year Full Of Poems – M Harrison
The Tree That Time Built- Mary Ann Hoberman
The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revere – Henry W Longfellow
Poetry In the Making – Ted Hughes
Does W Trouble You – Gerard Benson
Collected Poems For children – Charles Causley

DK’s Computer Coding series
The Very Bloody History of Britain – John Farman
History and Geography Quest Series

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